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Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Questioning the EVM amounts to insult of democracy

May 22, 2019, 03:08 PM IST

Questioning the integrity and impartiality of the Election Commission, without even a shred of solid evidence, and that too, even before the votes are counted, amounts to insulting democracy.

The most important reason behind support for BJP was that

OPINION | Aaj Ki Baat May 20 episode: Why the exit poll projections in favour of Modi sound convincing

May 21, 2019, 02:28 PM IST

Coming to the exit polls: I do not think they are reasons to doubt the veracity of exit poll projections. If all the exit polls predict a majority for Modi, there can be no reason to doubt the projections. Figures may vary, but even if NDA gets 250+ seats, it will be Modi who will be forming the government.

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Opinion | Rahul cannot blame media for giving more space to Modi

May 18, 2019, 09:56 AM IST

Both Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have claimed that the party would get a comfortable majority. How far this claim is true, I shall reveal on Sunday evening when the exit poll results will be telecast on India TV. 

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | How Modi has put Mamata on the defensive in Bengal

May 17, 2019, 10:53 AM IST

I have never seen Mamata Banerjee so aggressive in the last ten years.  Before she came to power, she used to chant slogans like "CPM Hatao, Bengal Bachao". Now her slogan is "Modi Hatao, Bengal Bachao".

Opinion | Aaj ki Baat May 15 episode: Rajat Sharma on why

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why is Mamata furious over EC's curb on campaigning in West Bengal

May 16, 2019, 04:24 PM IST

Clearly, Mamata Banerjee is furious because (1) she will miss two of her close aides in the last lap of campaigning, and (2) she will not be able to hold a mega rally in Kolkata, which she had planned on Friday, the last day of campaign. Mamata had planned to create a Bengali versus Outsiders issue, but her campaign will now be cut short.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Sam Pitroda's remark on 1984 anti-Sikh riots may harm Congress in Punjab

May 14, 2019, 02:52 PM IST

Politically, this objectionable remark by Pitroda, who has already apologized, is going to cost the Congress heavily in Punjab. 

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Opinion | Some Congress leaders have this knack of scoring self-goals during elections

May 11, 2019, 10:54 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing election rallies on Friday sarcastically pulled up the Congress for Pitroda's "hua toh hua" remark, and said this revealed the mindset of the Congress leaders towards the anti-Sikh pogrom that took place soon after the assassination of the then PM Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why Modi read out list of abuses hurled at him in the last 17 years?

May 09, 2019, 02:47 PM IST

There is no doubt that Narendra Modi has himself become  the main issue in this general election. If you remove Modi's name, at least 90 per cent of the speeches of Congress leaders would go waste.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Mamata is trying to raise the issue of Bengalis versus outsiders

May 08, 2019, 02:15 PM IST

Elections may come and go. Leaders may win or lose power. All this is part of democracy, but to use such words for political gains is unacceptable.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Mamata should avoid politics over cyclone issue

May 07, 2019, 02:38 PM IST

Mamata Banerjee is a good political fighter, no doubt. She knows how to respond to political attacks, but in times of natural disaster, when the common man is facing crisis, it is not proper to bring political rivalry to a personal level.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | A big diplomatic victory for India

May 02, 2019, 08:58 AM IST

Much spadework was done by India's External Affairs Ministry, and by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in particular.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion: Sword of contempt is still hanging over Rahul Gandhi

May 01, 2019, 11:34 AM IST

The apex court told his lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi: "What is the meaning of regret within brackets? ...You needed a 22-page affidavit to express complete regret? You make a statement and try to justify? Where have we said what you have attributed to us in public speeches?"

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why is Mamata Banerjee worried over heavy polling in West Bengal?

Apr 30, 2019, 06:32 PM IST

In the last several elections, including assembly and panchayat polls, there were incidents of large scale violence and there were allegations about TMC workers trying to prevent Congress and BJP supporters from voting. There used to be incidents of bomb throwing and stabbing in the recent past.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | The reasons why Modi is giving sleepless nights to Mamata, Naveen Patnaik

Apr 24, 2019, 11:32 AM IST

Prime Minister Modi has therefore decided to strike when the iron is hot. On Tuesday, he named Naveen Patnaik and said that he would not tolerate attacks on BJP workers by the ruling party supporters.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why Rahul Gandhi had to admit before SC that he lied in Rafale case?

Apr 23, 2019, 12:55 PM IST

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has already stated that Anil Ambani's company was one of the nearly 100 companies who got offset contracts from the makers of Rafale aircraft, Dassault Aviation. 

Opinion | Aaj ki Baat April 19 episode: Rajat Sharma on why

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why Mayawati decided to bury the hatchet with Mulayam Singh Yadav

Apr 20, 2019, 03:17 PM IST

​History was rewritten in the sleepy town of Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, when Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati appeared on the dais with Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and asked voters to elect her former sworn enemy to Parliament.   

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Impressive turnout at PM Modi's rallies in Kerala is surprising

Apr 19, 2019, 02:30 PM IST

I think, the huge turnouts at Modi's rallies in Kerala are indicative of a perceptive swing in the mood of common voters, and BJP may benefit from it.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why BJP leadership fielded Sadhvi Pragya against Digvijay Singh?

Apr 18, 2019, 03:07 PM IST

It is an irony of fate that Digvijay Singh will now have to face the lady, whom he had blamed as a terrorist and anti-national, while for the BJP, the Sadhvi has become a symbol of nationalism and patriotism. 

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Rahul is unnecessarily inviting problems by his wrong choice of words

Apr 17, 2019, 01:43 PM IST

This not an isolated case about slip of tongue. On Monday, the Supreme Court, acting on a petition by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, issued notice to Rahul Gandhi for misleading the public by saying that the apex court has found the Prime Minister guilty of corruption in Rafale deal. 

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why is Modi confident about retaining majority in LS polls?

Apr 16, 2019, 03:16 PM IST

Modi, as I have already said earlier, has already felt the voters' pulse by consistently raising the issue of nationalism in his rallies. He hopes that his party will repeat , if not better the 2014 LS poll result. We shall have to wait for the verdict on May 23.

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Opinion | Modi is tapping public anger over Opposition questioning Balakot air strike

Apr 13, 2019, 11:00 AM IST

Modi has felt the pulse of the people, and he is raising this issue in almost all his public meetings. 

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why Modi is always best when he is aggressive

Apr 12, 2019, 04:22 PM IST

Modi indicated that his government would retain power and he clearly said that he would ensure that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and Triple Talaq abolition law are passed in Parliament.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why Devendra Fadnavis said, Modi will put an end to Kashmir issue

Apr 11, 2019, 01:35 PM IST

The Maharashtra Chief Minister, who will be completing five years of rule this October, spoke extensively about his ally Shiv Sena, and made the audience guffaw when he made sarcastic remarks about NCP chief Sharad Pawar. He also spoke about MNS chief Raj Thackeray.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Pakistan and US must now accept that an F-16 jet was shot down by IAF

Apr 09, 2019, 12:42 PM IST

The problem with Pakistan is that it cannot admit its F-16 aircraft was shot down, because according to the terms of agreement under which the US supplied F-16 fighters, these cannot be used against India for the purpose of aggression. 

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion| Green Muslim League flags during Rahul road show in Kerala may spell trouble for Congress in rest of India

Apr 05, 2019, 11:00 AM IST

Congress leaders will now have a tough time explaining why these green IUML flags were used in Rahul's road show.

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Nation cannot accept any dilution of Armed Forces Special Powers Act

Apr 03, 2019, 11:45 AM IST

In its manifesto, the Congress has said it would "amend the AFSPA, 1958, in order to strike a balance between the powers of security forces and the human rights of citizens and to remove immunity for enforced disappearance, sexual violence and torture".

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Opinion | Pakistan will face another surgical strike if it carries out terrorist misadventure

Apr 02, 2019, 09:25 AM IST

I have information from top sources in the Indian security establishment that if Pakistan carries out another terrorist misadventure of the Pulwama kind, it may invite swift retribution from India on a scale larger than the Balakot air strike. 

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Opinion | Extradition of Nirav Modi will nullify Rahul's slogan 'Chowkidar Chor Hai'

Mar 30, 2019, 03:08 PM IST

The Indian government's counsel had argued that Nirav Modi had threatened to kill a witness, had destroyed evidence and even tried to buy citizenship in Vanuatu by paying $ 2 lakh.

Opinion | Aaj ki Baat March 27 episode: Rajat Sharma on why

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why is Opposition worried over anti-satellite missile test

Mar 28, 2019, 09:46 AM IST

Opposition leaders have praised our scientists for this achievement, but they are worried because Prime Minister Modi has changed the electoral narrative by announcing this historic anti-satellite missile test.   

Rajat Sharma, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, India TV

Opinion | Why BJP leadership decided not to field Dr M M Joshi in LS polls

Mar 27, 2019, 10:47 AM IST

On Monday, Dr Joshi released a statement saying that the BJP organisation secretary Ram Lal has asked him "not to contest election from Kanpur or anywhere else". The statement itself was cryptic. 

Opinion | Aaj ki Baat March 21 episode: Rajat Sharma on

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on winnability factor in selection of BJP candidates

Mar 22, 2019, 12:19 PM IST

The list of 184 candidates clearly indicates the meticulous planning that went into deciding the names of contestants.

Opinion | Aaj ki Baat March 20 episode: Rajat Sharma on why

Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why Nirav Modi's extradition to India may be faster unlike Vijay Mallya

Mar 21, 2019, 09:20 AM IST

CBI and Enforcement Directorate officials believe that the process of Nirav Modi's extradition will be faster compared to the long drawn-out exercise currently going on for Vijay Mallya's extradition. 

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Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why Advani, Joshi offering not to contest LS polls is a step in the right direction

Mar 20, 2019, 10:09 AM IST

Both these stalwarts are part of the Margdarshak Mandal of the party, and they have now offered to stay out of active politics. 

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Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why is India seeking FBI help in extraditing Dawood from Pakistan

Mar 19, 2019, 11:15 AM IST

FBI has been told by Indian agencies that Dawood may have become old but his 'D company' is still active and he is helping Jaish-e-Mohammed in setting up 'sleeper cells' inside India.

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Opinion | The inside story of how IAF launched its daring air strikes on Balakot

Mar 16, 2019, 09:22 AM IST

When the air strike plan was prepared for our Mirage-2000 jets, the main worry was how the Pakistan Air Force would react. The Prime Minister had given clear instructions that there should be no casualties on our side.   

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Opinion | Rajat Sharma on why accountability must be fixed for Mumbai CST foot over bridge collapse

Mar 15, 2019, 04:38 PM IST

Since it is election time now, the demand for action against officials may be overshadowed in the din of poll frenzy, but accountability for this mishap must be fixed at all costs, and the erring officials must be punished.

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